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The Many Wonders of the Woodlot

Reduce your fuel and food costs by heating with and eating from your woodlot.
PHOTOS BY BRUCE INGRAM

Chances are that if you own a hobby farm, you have a woodlot, whether it’s a spread of 5 acres or 50. I believe that anyone with a woodlot can not only maximize its benefit to wildlife but also let it serve as a way to save on heating and food bills.

My wife and I live on 38 acres that also feature a home for our daughter, her husband and their two boys. Both households gain all their firewood from the land. Plus, my son-in-law and I hunt the property, and we gather many gallons of wild berries as well as nuts. Here are the steps we initiated and the acts we took to make our land more hospitable to wildlife while also being more productive for us.

This young red oak was daylighted and thus will produce acorns much sooner than if it were competing with other trees for sunlight and nutrients.
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Hobby Farms Nov/Dec 2018, HOOP, There it is !!! Make the most of a High Tunnel for Year-Round Profits, Reduce Fuel & Food Costs by working the woodlot, And More.....